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December 13, 2009

The weekend went by in a flash…I am proud to say we kept Maya so busy that last night she slept 12 hours straight and didn’t wake up until 8am this morning.  That has never happened before in her 4 1/2 years on this planet. 

It all started Saturday morning when we headed to Borders for the Panda-monium event.  Apparently there is a famous panda named Beckett.  We’d never heard of him before but it didn’t matter because Maya was mesmerized for an entire hour and that’s all that counts.

Storytime, snacks, free books, a Santa hat AND Maya won a panda! 

Borders, you rock.  Thank you for helping us entertain our child every Saturday.  I promise to actually buy something one of these days.

After exploiting story time we headed to my parent’s place for some more help with keeping Maya busy.  My mom cooked up a storm and thank God for that because I only really eat properly when she cooks for me.

Peas, cauliflower, tomatoes, all Indian style, all gluten-free.  It was delicious.  Such a shame I never learned how to cook Indian food.

I didn’t get to eat this Apple Cake (obviously) but I had to share a picture because my Mom made it from scratch.  It was stunning, or at least it was before Maya tried to murder it.

Afterwards we killed some time at my in-laws place and then headed to dinner at an Indian restaurant.  Sorry, I forgot to take pictures!

This morning Maya and I were busy with a flurry of preparations for a baby shower we attended this evening.  We started the morning with glue, scraps of wrapping paper, and construction paper.

Each person wrote advice for the new mom on the cards we made.  People said the cards were cute.  They may have just said that to be polite but in any case, the cards weren’t too shabby coming from a completely non-creative person like myself.

After arts & crafts time was over Maya and I made brownies for the party.  I am embarrassed to say we took a little help from Betty Crocker again.  I contemplated making homemade brownies but I knew this was a crowd who preferred some trans-fat. 

At least I used cage-free organic eggs, right?  Regardless of the good eggs, I still wouldn’t touch the trans-fat filled brownies with a ten foot pole.  Despite the fact they smelled and looked delicious. 

The secret to perfectly cut brownies?  Freeze them for an hour and then cut using a non-serrated knife.  After years of butchered brownies I finally figured this out.  I am a slow learner.

It was freezing cold so Maya didn’t wear her usual party dress attire but decked herself out in Juicy instead.  She insisted on modeling for a picture.  How shallow is my child?

Naturally the overpriced Juicy sweat suit came from her grandmother as I only buy Maya Target’s finest.

Maya could barely contain her excitement as we headed to the shower.  My daughter sits like a lady, doesn’t she?

Our brownies and games were a hit and now we are back home recovering from our non-stop weekend.  The best part of the weekend?  We managed to get through 2 whole days with no barf. 

Now that’s what I call success!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. December 14, 2009 4:10 am

    Hi there!!! Thanks so much for leaving a comment on my blog! It’s always so nice to “meet” other bloggers. Doing the Habitat for Humanity project was really cool!

    Your daughter is adorable! I never knew that secret about brownies…very good to know!

  2. December 14, 2009 5:36 am

    Oh she looks like she’s just having a blast!

  3. December 14, 2009 5:55 am

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog!

    It is so great to meet other Mom on the Run’s who are trying to keep healthy and still be a good mom.

    Can’t wait to hear about your progress on detox. I am 2 weeks down 🙂 1 to go!

  4. December 14, 2009 6:21 am

    Haha…Maya is so stylish!! I love that picture of her with the cake– that’s my kind of kid 🙂

  5. December 14, 2009 7:30 am

    That cauliflower looks sooo good! And that’s an excellent tip for the brownie cutting. Do you put it in when it has cooled, or is still hot?

    • December 14, 2009 9:25 am

      I was kind of in a rush so I let brownies cool for about 20 minutes, frosted them, and put the entire tray in the freezer. It worked really well!

  6. December 14, 2009 9:34 am

    Hi Ameena

    I am so happy you stopped by my blog and now I’ve found yours! You’re little Maya is a DOLLBABY!

    I can’t wait to read more!

    it’s nice to meet you!


  7. December 14, 2009 10:55 am

    Wow!!! I will use that brownie tip! I always have horrid results!!

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